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Songbook by Nick Hornby
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May 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: humor, music, culture, all-time-favorites, favorite-authors, essays

Hornby always makes me laugh, and laugh deeply--from my gut. At the same time he makes me think. Great combination.

In Songbook, he presents eleven essays on songs that have meaning for him. Some of them I've heard, and I love. Others I've heard and didn't love. And other I haven't heard even heard of the band, let alone the song.

What makes this book good, if not great, is that he was able to find ways to connect me as the reader to songs I've never heard and bands I've never heard of. Not only have I never heard of these bands and song, I'll probably never seek them out, either. But still Hornby was able to make me laugh, and make those songs meaningful to me. He was able to find a way to transcend his own personal taste and make those things meaningful to others. That is the mark of a great, talented artist.

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